European Humanities University (EHU) starts the new Academic Year 2016/17 with the launch of the new Core Curriculum. The First Year Seminar aims at cultivating educational and cultural experience, which would allow students to address the fundamental questions of Humanities.
New EHU Core Curriculum was developed in 2014-2016 by 25 higher education specialists from 7 countries, all of them representing liberal arts partner network: Bard College (USA), The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Smolny College) of St.Petersburg State University (Russia), European College of Liberal Arts Bard College Berlin (Germany), American University of Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan), Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences (Jerusalem) and EHU.
EHU Core Curriculum structure encompasses The First and The Second Year Seminar (12 ECTS each), Language and Thinking course (6 ECTS), Foreign Languages training (12 ECTS) and the Hermeneutic Seminar (12 ECTS). EHU Core Curriculum was facilitated thanks to the financial support from the Open Society Foundations and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
The First Year Seminar is based on collaborative work of EHU faculty and students. Instead of conventional lectures, students will engage in innovative types of activities like symposiums, tutorials, conferences, seminars, individual consultations, and online classes. The First Year Seminar will be taught by prominent EHU faculty members – Prof. Anatoli Mikhailov, Prof. Emeritus Ryhor Miniankou, Prof. Andrei Gornykh, Prof. Iryna Ramanava and others. During the First Year Seminar students will contemplate essential questions in Humanities, How my thinking is reflected in language? What is the nature of the knowledge about myself? How could I contribute to changing the world? and others.
During the introductory symposium for EHU undergraduate low-residence students, Prof. Mikhailov tackled the question “What is Humanities?” and emphasized the critical approach to the self. Prof. Emeritus Miniankou drew the attention of young students at the problem of multiplicity of choices in the contemporary world, while Prof. Gornykh underlined the complexity of the language in Humanities and discussed its parallels with the language of artistic aesthetics.
EHU Academic Year 2016/17 starts on October 3.